Answer: Dried out buds and crispy twigs without any green inside them are usually a bad sign. First, remove any wood that is truly dead starting at the tip of each branch and working in toward the trunk. If the tree is still alive, patience is all you can do, the plants may leaf out eventually, sometimes they surprise us in late May by showing life. If they show life only below the graft, then the tree will be whatever was used as the rootstock rather than the grafted top.
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